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25th Nov '16 5:07:20 AM StFan
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* A man gets a knock at the door, and it's a guy with a telegram. The man asks the delivery guy to sing it - he's never had a singing telegram before. The guy says he doesn't think he can. The man offers $100 to get the telegram in song. This convinces the guy. He clears his throat, reads the telegram and sings "''Your sister, Rose, is dead!''"

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* A man gets a knock at the door, and it's a guy with a telegram. The man asks the delivery guy to sing it - -- he's never had a singing telegram before. The guy says he doesn't think he can. The man offers $100 to get the telegram in song. This convinces the guy. He clears his throat, reads the telegram and sings "''Your sister, Rose, is dead!''"
dead!''"



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* Nobby Nobbs of the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork City Watch]] is no longer allowed to deliver these after "that bet-you-a-dollar-you're-the-widow-Jackson nonsense." Carrot or Vimes usually handles it. (This is based on an urban legend that's probably as old as this trope.)
* Apparently [[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse Starfleet]] has a Casualty Notification Office to inform family members when someone is killed in the line of duty. Captain Kirk, though, still feels it appropriate that he should also send a personal letter when one of his crew dies.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Nobby Nobbs of the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork City Watch]] Watch is no longer allowed to deliver these after "that bet-you-a-dollar-you're-the-widow-Jackson nonsense." Carrot or Vimes usually handles it. (This is based on an urban legend that's probably as old as this trope.)
* Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse: Apparently [[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse Starfleet]] Starfleet has a Casualty Notification Office to inform family members when someone is killed in the line of duty. Captain Kirk, though, still feels it appropriate that he should also send a personal letter when one of his crew dies.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novel ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', Ramsay Bolton sends the Night Watch a false message stating Stannis Baratheon is dead to demoralize Stannis's forces.
** But did Ramsay send it, or did someone else...

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novel ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', Ramsay Bolton sends the Night Watch a false message stating Stannis Baratheon is dead to demoralize Stannis's forces.
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forces. But did Ramsay send it, or did someone else...
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** After the death of [[spoiler: Nathan West's younger brother Neil]], Nathan is shocked to discover that the notification letter was sent to ''the wrong address''. He ends up writing a letter of his own home to inform [[spoiler: his mother]] himself. It is implied that rather than being hand-delivered, the notices are sent in the mail in "ugly yellow envelopes".

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** After the death of [[spoiler: Nathan [[spoiler:Nathan West's younger brother Neil]], Nathan is shocked to discover that the notification letter was sent to ''the wrong address''. He ends up writing a letter of his own home to inform [[spoiler: his mother]] himself. It is implied that rather than being hand-delivered, the notices are sent in the mail in "ugly yellow envelopes".



* Sarah Jane gets one of these visits from a UNIT colonel, accompanied by an entourage of armored trucks and gun-toting grunts (Seriously, did they think Sarah Jane was going to ''eat'' them or something?), in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode ''The Death of the Doctor''. [[GenreSavvy She doesn't believe it for a minute]].



* Sarah Jane Smith gets one of these visits from a UNIT colonel, accompanied by an entourage of armored trucks and gun-toting grunts (seriously, did they think Sarah Jane was going to ''eat'' them or something?), in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "The Death of the Doctor". [[GenreSavvy She doesn't believe it for a minute]].






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-->It's not hard to reach back to the day\\

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' Prodigal general Grune, arriving home from a years'-long search for an AncientArtifact, delivers word of his comrade Panthro's loss to mutual friend King Claudus, while handing over one of the former's [[TragicKeepsake nunchucks]]. The details are [[HalfTruth suspiciously]] vague, not to spare Claudus emotionally, but to hide Grune's betrayal and defection to BigBad Mumm-Ra until their invasion forces are marshalled.
* One shows up in an episode of ''{{Pingu}}'', of all places. We aren't told the details, obviously, but during ''Pingu Delivers the Mail'', Pingu and his father deliver a black-edged envelope to one of their customers - who starts ''crying''.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' Prodigal general Grune, arriving home from a years'-long search for an AncientArtifact, delivers word of his comrade Panthro's loss to mutual friend King Claudus, while handing over one of the former's [[TragicKeepsake nunchucks]]. The details are [[HalfTruth suspiciously]] vague, not to spare Claudus emotionally, but to hide Grune's betrayal and defection to BigBad Mumm-Ra until their invasion forces are marshalled.
* One shows up in an episode of ''{{Pingu}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}'', of all places. We aren't told the details, obviously, but during ''Pingu "Pingu Delivers the Mail'', Mail", Pingu and his father deliver a black-edged envelope to one of their customers - -- who starts ''crying''.
''crying''.
17th Nov '16 11:56:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' has a montage early on as Mrs. Ryan receives a series of death notices for [[TearJerker all but one of her sons]].

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* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' has a montage early on as Mrs. Ryan receives a series of death notices for [[TearJerker all but one of her sons]].sons.



** One episode has Radar writing a [[TearJerker heartwrenching]] letter for Colonel Potter to send to a deceased ambulance driver's folks. Made worse because before he knew the man was dead Potter was going to berate him for injuring patients with his careless driving.

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** One episode has Radar writing a [[TearJerker heartwrenching]] heartwrenching letter for Colonel Potter to send to a deceased ambulance driver's folks. Made worse because before he knew the man was dead Potter was going to berate him for injuring patients with his careless driving.



* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard can deliver a death notification to an asari on the Citadel whose krogan husband died fighting the Reapers. [[spoiler:Only if you helped the two of them get together in the previous game, though.]] It's fairly [[TearJerker sad.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard can deliver a death notification to an asari on the Citadel whose krogan husband died fighting the Reapers. [[spoiler:Only if you helped the two of them get together in the previous game, though.]] It's fairly [[TearJerker sad.]]
17th Nov '16 11:55:24 PM Morgenthaler
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** This is seen again in the episode ''Never No More'': After someone's fighter gets locked with an enemy AceCustom and is sent spiraling into a planet, it is stated in the debriefing that the enemy ace survived. When asked about the friendly pilot, the CO drops a yellow envelope on the table.

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** This is seen again in the episode ''Never "Never No More'': More": After someone's fighter gets locked with an enemy AceCustom and is sent spiraling into a planet, it is stated in the debriefing that the enemy ace survived. When asked about the friendly pilot, the CO drops a yellow envelope on the table.



** In the serial ''The Curse of Fenric'', Ace's friend Kathleen gets a telegram notifying her of the death of her husband.
** In ''The Doctor, The Widow, And The Wardrobe'', Madge, the widow mentioned in the title, also receives such a telegram. [[spoiler:Because of her messing with time by focusing on her husband, [[EverybodyLives her husband survives as does the plane he was piloting with the whole crew on board]].]]

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** In the serial ''The "The Curse of Fenric'', Fenric", Ace's friend Kathleen gets a telegram notifying her of the death of her husband.
** In ''The "The Doctor, The Widow, And The Wardrobe'', Wardrobe", Madge, the widow mentioned in the title, also receives such a telegram. [[spoiler:Because of her messing with time by focusing on her husband, [[EverybodyLives her husband survives as does the plane he was piloting with the whole crew on board]].]]
17th Nov '16 11:54:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': After the death of [[spoiler: Nathan West's younger brother Neil]], Nathan is shocked to discover that the notification letter was sent to ''the wrong address''. He ends up writing a letter of his own home to inform [[spoiler: his mother]] himself. It is implied that rather than being hand-delivered, the notices are sent in the mail in "ugly yellow envelopes".

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After the death of [[spoiler: Nathan West's younger brother Neil]], Nathan is shocked to discover that the notification letter was sent to ''the wrong address''. He ends up writing a letter of his own home to inform [[spoiler: his mother]] himself. It is implied that rather than being hand-delivered, the notices are sent in the mail in "ugly yellow envelopes".



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Curse of Fenric'', Ace's friend Kathleen gets a telegram notifying her of the death of her husband.

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In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Curse of Fenric'', Ace's friend Kathleen gets a telegram notifying her of the death of her husband.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', a former street punk turned soldier named Armin Tamzarian delivers one of these to the mother of his MIA superior officer, [[spoiler: Seymour Skinner]], in a flashback. It's then subverted when he can't bring himself to tell her and pretends to be her son; he is the man now known as [[spoiler: Principal Skinner.]]
** Also an example of artistic license, since in the American military, the men who give the notification are traditionally at the same rank as the deceased or higher.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', a former street punk turned soldier named Armin Tamzarian delivers one of these to the mother of his MIA superior officer, [[spoiler: Seymour Skinner]], in a flashback. It's then subverted when he can't bring himself to tell her and pretends to be her son; he is the man now known as [[spoiler: Principal Skinner.]]
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]] Also an example of artistic license, since in the American military, the men who give the notification are traditionally at the same rank as the deceased or higher.
17th Nov '16 7:40:26 PM Willbyr
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* Stephanie Brown receives one in ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]] #107'' after her father's death in the pages of ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad''. [[spoiler:He gets better.]]

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* Stephanie Brown receives one in ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]] ''ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}} #107'' after her father's death in the pages of ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad''. [[spoiler:He gets better.]]
5th Aug '16 12:33:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* One shows up in an episode of ''{{Pingu}}'', of all places. We aren't told the details, obviously, but during ''Pingu Delivers the Mail'', Pingu and his father deliver a black-edged envelope to one of their customers - who starts ''crying''.

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* One shows up in an episode of ''{{Pingu}}'', of all places. We aren't told the details, obviously, but during ''Pingu Delivers the Mail'', Pingu and his father deliver a black-edged envelope to one of their customers - who starts ''crying''.''crying''.

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5th Aug '16 11:43:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' subverts this with "I'm afraid I'm the bearer of some bad news. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1200#comic Your husband is a hat]]."

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* ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' subverts this with "I'm afraid I'm the bearer of some bad news. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1200#comic Your husband is a hat]]."
1st Aug '16 7:36:13 AM Doug86
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* ''Series/ANZACGirls'': [[spoiler:Grace Wilson]], an Australian Army nurse (specifically, a Matron, aka in charge of the whole hospital's nursing staff) serving on the front lines of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, receives a telegram of this sort and her hands start shaking before she even opens it -- [[spoiler:her brother has been killed]]. Reading it only confirms her worst suspicions. Unfortunately, she has a whole convoy of wounded soldiers to treat, and so she [[TryingNotToCry soldiers on]] [[TheStoic without betraying her feelings any further]] until she's safely in her tent and can [[NotSoStoic break down sobbing]].

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* ''Series/ANZACGirls'': [[spoiler:Grace Wilson]], an Australian Army nurse (specifically, a Matron, aka in charge of the whole hospital's nursing staff) serving on the front lines of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, receives a telegram of this sort and her hands start shaking before she even opens it -- [[spoiler:her brother has been killed]]. Reading it only confirms her worst suspicions. Unfortunately, she has a whole convoy of wounded soldiers to treat, and so she [[TryingNotToCry soldiers on]] [[TheStoic without betraying her feelings any further]] until she's safely in her tent and can [[NotSoStoic break down sobbing]].
17th Jul '16 5:15:01 PM RoseAndHeather
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* ''Series/ANZACGirls'': [[spoiler:Grace Wilson]], an Australian Army nurse (specifically, as a Matron, aka in charge of the whole hospital's nursing staff) serving on the front lines of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, receives a telegram of this sort and her hands start shaking before she even opens it -- [[spoiler:her brother has been killed]]. Reading it only confirms her worst suspicions. Unfortunately, she has a whole convoy of wounded soldiers to treat, and so she [[TryingNotToCry soldiers on]] [[TheStoic without betraying her feelings any further]] until she's safely in her tent and can [[NotSoStoic break down sobbing]].

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* ''Series/ANZACGirls'': [[spoiler:Grace Wilson]], an Australian Army nurse (specifically, as a Matron, aka in charge of the whole hospital's nursing staff) serving on the front lines of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, receives a telegram of this sort and her hands start shaking before she even opens it -- [[spoiler:her brother has been killed]]. Reading it only confirms her worst suspicions. Unfortunately, she has a whole convoy of wounded soldiers to treat, and so she [[TryingNotToCry soldiers on]] [[TheStoic without betraying her feelings any further]] until she's safely in her tent and can [[NotSoStoic break down sobbing]].
17th Jul '16 5:14:20 PM RoseAndHeather
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* ''Series/ANZACGirls'': [[spoiler:Grace Wilson]], an Australian Army nurse serving on the front lines of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, receives a telegram of this sort and her hands start shaking before she even opens it -- [[spoiler:her brother has been killed]]. Reading it only confirms her worst suspicions. Unfortunately, she has a whole convoy of wounded soldiers to treat, and so she [[TryingNotToCry soldiers on]] [[TheStoic without betraying her feelings any further]] until she's safely in her tent and can [[NotSoStoic break down sobbing]].

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* ''Series/ANZACGirls'': [[spoiler:Grace Wilson]], an Australian Army nurse (specifically, as a Matron, aka in charge of the whole hospital's nursing staff) serving on the front lines of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, receives a telegram of this sort and her hands start shaking before she even opens it -- [[spoiler:her brother has been killed]]. Reading it only confirms her worst suspicions. Unfortunately, she has a whole convoy of wounded soldiers to treat, and so she [[TryingNotToCry soldiers on]] [[TheStoic without betraying her feelings any further]] until she's safely in her tent and can [[NotSoStoic break down sobbing]].
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